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    Posted on 30 March 2012

    20% Haryana families live in kutcha houses

    Neeraj Mohan

    NOTWITHSTANDING the tall claims of having the second highest per capita income in the country, the Haryana government still lags behind in providing basic amenities to its people as about 20 per cent families live in kutcha houses. The facts have been revealed in the report of Census 2011 released on Thursday.

    The census reveals that about 27 per cent rural population of the state still doesn’t have pucca houses. Interestingly, about 18.7 per cent good quality houses lie vacant in Gurgaon alone, which has the highest land rate in the country.

    There are 47,17,954 households in the state and the number of total houses is 70,88,008.

    With a huge chunk of rural population living in single rooms, there are 6,19,804 houses, most of them in cities located on highways.

    The number of households having no exclusive room for themselves has increased from 45,273 in 2001 to 73,848 in 2011. Moreover, 24.67 per cent families live in single rooms and do not have a separate kitchen and 31.4 per cent families, including 43.9 per cent in rural areas, do not have toilets and 17.5 families do not have bathrooms.

    About four per cent of total households — 2,09,270 — still live in dilapidated houses. Besides, about 32 per cent population of the state does not have facility of drinking water. Only 55.9 per cent households get treated water.

    About 18.7% good quality houses lie vacant in tech-city Gurgaon alone

    However an increase of about 20 per cent has been reported in the access of households to tap water, which increased to 68.8 per cent from 48.1 per cent in 2001. However, water supply was very poor in Mewat where 45 per cent families do not have nearby access to water and they have to travel for more than 500 metres to get water. About 11 per cent families do not have access to electricity and they depend of kerosene oil for lighting and there are still 22,914 households having no source of lighting. Only 21.1 per cent of households have the facility of closed drainage for waste water. While 13.7 per cent of the households still have no outlet for waste water, 65.2 per cent use open drainage. About 54.3 per cent of the households do not have LPG connection.

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